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home : news : local news January 16, 2018 

Scholarship entry from A-1 Auto Transport open to Indiana students
Students Hamilton County can take part in the scholarship program that is being offered by a1autotransport.com. Those students that are interested in getting a scholarship to help pay for the costs of their schooling can apply to get the financial aid that is offered through A-1 Auto Transport in this program it developed in 2016.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Sheridan Rotarians learn about active shooter response
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Adams Elementary becoming apartments
SHERIDAN - The Woda Group, Inc. and Housing Services Alliance, Inc. (HSA) will redevelop the historic Adams Elementary School in Sheridan, transforming the vacant property into 32 affordable apartments and renovating its gym to become community recreation space. Construction of Blackhawk Commons could begin as soon as July 2018.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
ITM board proclaims success in 2017
The newly-formed board of the Indiana Transportation Museum was greeted with a standing ovation at its first meeting of the year, January 11, 2018 with the announcement of an enormous success.

The museum's Polar Bear Express Christmas excursion train, this year operated between Logansport and Kokomo, exceeded all expectations and is a monumental step toward the museum's reincarnation.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The circus is coming to Sheridan
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Kiwanis Club is entering the planning stage of their undertaking to bring the Cullpepper & Merriweather Circus to Sheridan for the entertainment and enjoyment of all.

The circus will be in town May 24 and tickets will be available from any Kiwanis member. In addition to Kiwanis members, the club is hoping to have several other volunteers from the community roll up their sleeves and help out.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Weather Delays
Carmel Clay Schools: Opening 2 hours late

Christ UMC Preschool-Westfield: Opening 1 1/2 hours late

Guerin Catholic High School: Opening 2 hours late

Hamilton Heights School Corp: Opening 2 hours late

Hamilton SE Schools: Opening 2 hours late

Noblesville Schools: Opening 2 hours late

Options Charter School-Carmel: Opening 2 hours late

Options Charter School-Noblesville: Opening 2 hours late

Performer's Edge Dance Theatre: Open

Sheridan Community Schools: Opening 2 hours late

Westfield-Washington Schools: Opening 2 hours late

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Conner Prairie open
FISHERS - Despite the current weather conditions, Conner Prairie is open today and it's free admission in honor or Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Cain wins Home Show tickets
Barbara Cain, Noblesville, is the first winner of The Times Indianapolis Home Show Tickets Give-Away.

Mrs. Cain took a selfie holding The Times in prominent view, and e-mailed it to selfie@ thetimes24-7.com. Her photo was drawn, from those submitted, and she won two tickets to Home Show.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Online subscriptions delayed
Because of the larger-than-expected response to our Online Edition, it is taking several days to get some of the subscriptions started.

The Times apologizes for the delay.

If you signed up for an Online Edition subscription, you can expect to receive your first one within five days going forward.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Tree clearing to begin Monday for Midland Trace Trail Phase II
Site work for Midland Trace Trail Phase II will begin Monday - weather permitting - as trees along the planned trail will be cleared. Trees will only be removed from city-owned or public right-of-way land.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Weather prompts closings, warnings
Maintenance workers spent Friday morning driving a small, covered tractor, with a snow plow on the front, around the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center, clearing snow and sleet from the sidewalks.

They were quick to mention the center was closed to anyone who approached.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Noblesville Schools cancel Saturday activities
Saturday events at East and West, including the basketball tournament and robotics, have been cancelled. West Show Choir practice has been moved to NHS. West Speech and Debate will leave for their competition as scheduled.

At this time, other Noblesville Schools events are continuing for Saturday after 10 a.m.

Friday, January 12, 2018
State activates Emergency Operations Center
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has activated the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center to further monitor incoming winter weather conditions across the state.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Take Preventive Steps to Avoid Frozen Pipes
(NewsUSA) - Winter is officially upon us and that means many homeowners will be paying a hefty price for not protecting their property against frozen pipes.

According to the Insurance Industry Institute, water damage and freezing is the second most common home insurance claim filed, with the average claim totaling $8,861. In fact, frozen pipes are a significant contributor to the more than $10 billion in annual insurance claims paid out due to plumbing leaks.

Friday, January 12, 2018
Weather-related delays/closings:
Friday, January 12, 2018
Travel advisory elevated to Orange Level
The travel advisory for roads in unincorporated areas of Hamilton County has been elevated to an Orange Level Travel Watch.

A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public.

Friday, January 12, 2018
Six county Allstate owners earn grant
CARMEL - Thirteen Allstate agency owners - including six from Hamilton County - came together to secure a $13,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit the Children's TherAplay Foundation.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Noblesville firefighters graduate from paramedic science program
Colin Fogarty and Nathan Young, both Noblesville firefighters, graduated from the Indianapolis Emergency Medical System Paramedic Science Program. Both have met the requirements to become licensed as paramedics in the State of Indiana.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Schools may be impacted by weather
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Central Indiana until Saturday. There is a possibility of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation.

Every school in Hamilton County has a policy about what to do with winter weather conditions. Noblesville, Hamilton Heights, Sheridan, and Westfield Washington schools all have a weather and cancellation section on their websites.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Hazardous weekend weather predicted
Weather reports for the next several days are predicting the potential for a variety of weather conditions across the state, including freezing rain, snow and ice. State authorities are advising Hoosiers to keep a close eye on weather and road conditions, and make some basic preparations.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Beaver, announces candidacy for House District 29
Brad Beaver who is currently serving on the Hamilton County Council has announced that he will run for the House seat replacing Kathy Richardson.

"I have served in the capacity of County Councilor in Hamilton County for the past 20 years.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
One caught fleeing stolen car
FISHERS - An unidentified occupant of a stolen car was arrested Thursday morning after a brief pursuit and foot chase.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy observed a car, reported stolen by the Fishers Police Department, during patrol in the area of Ind. 37 and 126th Street, at 2:50 a.m.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Increased usage will spur higher energy bills
Extreme temperatures the last half of December 2017 through the first half of January this year have led to gas usage in volumes of record delivery. Gas delivered through Vectren's 13,300-mile pipeline network to its 587,000 customers in central Indiana from Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 15, 2018 is projected to be the highest every delivered.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Clifford declares for sheriff
Bill Clifford officially declared for candidacy as the Republican nominee to be Hamilton County's next Sheriff on Wednesday.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Sloderbeck files for sheriff's race
Hamilton County Jail Commander, Capt. Jason Sloderbeck, has filed to run as the Republican candidate for Hamilton County Sheriff.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Grahams celebrating 50 years
Jerry and Margaret (Light) Graham are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary Jan. 20.

The couple met while in college at Indiana University. They were married Jan. 20, 1968, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Indianapolis. They honeymooned in Hawaii.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Sen. Delph to speak on service in Puerto Rico
STATEHOUSE ― State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) will take a Point of Personal Privilege regarding his recent United States military service in Puerto Rico 11 a.m. today in the Senate chamber.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Church offering concert, auction
A pipe organ concert, along with a silent auction, the first Christ in the Arts program of 2018, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1207 Conner St., Noblesville.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
John Beery receives 2017 'Stake in the Ground' Award
The Noblesville Common Council recognized City Engineer John Beery as the 2017 Stake in the Ground honoree at its meeting Tuesday.

The "Stake in the Ground" Award is designed to recognize city employees - at the director level - who go way above and beyond their job.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
County has not ruled out drug lawsuit
Hamilton County has had discussions about joining Noblesville, Westfield, and dozens of other Indiana communities in suing drug manufacturers because of the opioid addiction crisis.

The county has not ruled out joining lawsuits being filed in federal court, but wants more information first, said Mark Heirbrandt, commissioners president.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Terry Lee sells Honda dealership
Auto dealer Terry Lee has sold his Avon Honda dealership to turn his focus to Noblesville, where he owns two dealerships at Terry Lee Crossing.

Asbury Automotive Group Inc. -- the Duluth-Ga.-based publicly-traded company that in January 2017 purchased Hare Chevrolet in Noblesville -- on Monday purchased Terry Lee's Avon dealership, which has been renamed Hare Honda.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Sue Maki announces run for County Council
CARMEL - Sue Maki, a 30 year Hamilton County resident, filed her candidacy for Hamilton County Council District 1. Maki currently serves as Manager of Environmental Initiatives and Education for Carmel Utilities.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Local students earn USI dean's list honors
EVANSVILLE - In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, the dean's list has been released for the 2017 fall semester at the University of Southern Indiana.

Dr. Ronald Rochon, provost, reported that 2,409 undergraduates were named to the dean's list.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Kalstad named school board president
Kevin Kalstad has been named president of the Noblesville Schools Board of Trustees.

Kalstad was elected to the board in 2014 and most recently served as vice president.

The appointment was made Tuesday as part of the board's annual reorganization process.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
What's a selfie worth? How about free tickets to the Home Show
Lots of people from Hamilton County head to the Home Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds each year.

Well, thanks to The Times, you might be able to save the $14 admission price!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Carmel arts grants to benefit 29 arts organizations
CARMEL - The City of Carmel has awarded 29 local arts organizations with $990,450 in the initial round of grants from the City's 2018 Arts Grant Program. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the City of Carmel's financial support for local arts, which amounts to roughly one percent of the city budget each year. Since 2004, more than $10.2 million has been allocated to support local arts programs.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Noblesville, Westfield sue drug companies
Noblesville and Westfield have joined a growing list of Indiana communities to file lawsuits against drug companies, accusing them of contributing to the state's ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.

In its lawsuit, Noblesville accuses more than 20 defendants of racketeering, deceptive trade practices, fraud and conspiracy to market and distribute opioids unlawfully in the community.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
MLK event aims to unite community
The Noblesville community will gather to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday.

Everyone is invited to join in this show of unity and community. The experience will include music from the choirs of Noblesville High School, Bethel AME Church and Noblesville First United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Return of the Mac: Mac & cheese festival
INDIANAPOLIS - Return of The Mac, an Indianapolis-based food festival dedicated to mac n' cheese, announced it will kick-off its 2018 tour on Feb. 4 in Indianapolis.

After producing three successful Indiana events in 2017, organizers will expand the event to include six regional events in 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Westfield Parks, Westfield Schools work together for new park design
WESTFIELD - A new playground is in the works for the north end of Asa Bales Park, and a collaborative process between city staff and Westfield Middle School students helped decide the design.

"We started thinking about what a new playground could look like and wanted the public input we seek to actually come from the students we expect might be using the equipment," said Mayor Andy Cook.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Fishers infant in need of life-saving transplant
FISHERS - With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure.

The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Fishers, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Zoe Anderson.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Heather Renae Ross and Ryan Daniel Skaggs were married Sept. 9, 2017, in the Indiana University Memorial Union, Bloomington.

John Skaggs was the officiant.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
4-H enrollment deadline is near
Don't be left in the cold this year. Jan 15 is the deadline for Indiana youth in grades 3 through 12 to enroll online in the 4-H Program for 2018.

4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hand-on experience alongside their peers and caring adults.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Carmel Caffeine Trail & Gallery Walk Jan. 13
CARMEL - Get your creative juices flowing this weekend at the IU Health North Hospital Second Saturday Gallery Walk. Join us as we partner with the Art Lab for a free make and take art project at their studio from 5 to 8:30 p.m. You'll be able to make beautiful art magnets for your fridge including embossed metal designs, foil art and collaged magnet figures.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Ball State University announces honor students for fall 2017 term
MUNCIE - Ball State University has announced the names of students who were included on the dean's list and graduate list during the fall 2017 semester.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
State accepting nominations for Governor's Century, Half Century Business Awards
INDIANAPOLIS - The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor's Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Applications being accepted for Sheriff's Citizens Academy
Applications are being accepted for the spring session of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. The 12-week course is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 with classes running from March 8 through May 24. There is no charge for participants to attend the academy which is open to area residents 18 years of age and older.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Makerspace exhibit Makesmith Workshop opens Thursday
FISHERS - A new, year-round exhibit opening at Conner Prairie on Thursday will help visitors learn new skills and use their creativity to make items with their hands.

Construction on Makesmith Workshop, a 500-square-foot makerspace built by general contractor the Hagerman Group, began in November.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Hazardous driving conditions continue
The fog has arrived, and visibility is some areas is down to 1/4 mile.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Snow, freezing rain could clog commute
The Monday morning commute to work, or the bus ride to school is expected to be met by yet another winter weather hazard - snow and freezing rain.

The Hamilton County Highway Department is monitoring weather conditions, and there are plans in place to bring crews in at midnight, work until noon, and bring a second crew in at noon, said Brandi Tarner, public relations coordinator.

Monday, January 8, 2018
Applications accepted for Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship
INDIANAPOLIS - Online applications are being accepted through Jan. 18 for the 2018 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana scholarship program.

Since 2008, the charity has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Freezing rain starts in area Sunday
Weather update: Freezing rain is predicted to start in the area around 7 p.m. Sunday.

This freezing rain will continue throughout the night and into Monday morning.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
INDOT schedules to Ind. 32 project public hearing
The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing regarding proposed added travel lanes with turn lanes on Ind. 32 between Cicero Creek and the Ind. 38 west junction located in Noblesville.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hazel Dell Elementary School cafeteria, 3025 Westfield Road. Those attending should enter through Door 1.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Surface Transportation Board rejects calls for investigation
The Federal Surface Transportation Board rejected a call by Save The Nickel Plate to suspend its consideration to permit the owners of the Nickel Plate Railroad to railbank the southern portion of the line, and convert it to a walking trail.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Noblesville's Ice Plaza to remain open another week
Due to the extreme temperatures the community has faced the past two weeks, the City of Noblesville has extended its contract to keep the Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza open for one additional week - through Jan. 15.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
HAND to sponsor team trivia competition, raffle
Registration is open for HAND Inc.'s first Trivia Night fundraiser, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Noblesville Event Center, 2350 Conner St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Teams of four or eight are invited to compete in five rounds of general-knowledge trivia played host to by Indy's Live Trivia.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Cook seeks re-election
Incumbent State Rep. Tony Cook, (R-Cicero, District 32 Delaware, Madison, Hamilton, Tipton, Howard, Grant counties) will seek a third term in the May primary.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Dejoy named communications-social media specialist at Conner Prairie
FISHERS - Christine Dejoy has been named communications and social media specialist at nationally acclaimed Conner Prairie, one of the most-visited outdoor history museums in the U.S.

In her role, she'll lead efforts to create original content for the museum's multiple social channels, promoting and sharing news and information about programs, classes, special events and more. She will also help generate content for various communications and marketing projects.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Mills to vie for Indiana State Fair Queen crown
INDIANAPOLIS - Chloe Mills, the 2017 Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen, is among 84 contestants vying for the Indiana State Fair Queen crown Sunday.

Mills, of Arcadia, was crowned Miss Hamilton County this past July. She is a member of the Harvey Hoppers 4-H Club, and a Hamilton Heights High School graduate.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
NPD taking applications for citizen's academy
The Noblesville Police Department is currently accepting applications for the next Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is a 12-week course, free of charge, designed to provide community members with an opportunity to become better acquainted with our professional staff and to learn about police procedures.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Merritt to play host to forum addressing the opioid epidemic
STATE HOUSE - State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and the Carmel Interfaith Alliance will play host to a forum addressing the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St., Carmel.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Link Observatory receives grant
MORGAN COUNTY - The Link Observatory Space Science Institute received a $5,000 grant from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation to help the organization expand its DiscoverSpace programs.

DiscoverSpace is the Institute's own informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational program for grades 4-12.

Friday, January 5, 2018
Postal Service asks to please clear snow and ice
INDIANAPOLIS - The big freeze has come to Indiana and it looks like it will continue into early next week. For that reason, the Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes, to help letter carriers deliver the mail.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Sen. Delph to return to Senate
STATEHOUSE - In a letter released earlier this week, State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) announced he will return home from his service with the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico, and remain on active duty until Monday.

Sen. Delph expects to return to his service in the Senate Tuesday.

Friday, January 5, 2018
Rulon appointed chairman of FSA committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed Ken Rulon, Cicero, as Committee Chairman for the Indiana Farm Services Agency State Committee.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Public invited to share feedback through online housing vision survey
The City of Noblesville is seeking input from current and potential residents to establish a vision for its housing market.

The city conducted a Housing Vision Study Input Session in mid-December and has created a short survey to gather additional public feedback for those who were unable to attend.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Temporary visitor restrictions to take effect at all Community Health Network Hospitals
INDIANAPOLIS - Starting Monday, temporary visitor restrictions will take effect at Community Hospital North, Community Hospital East, Community Hospital South, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, and Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo.

Riverview Health implemented similar restrictions last week.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Simon property gift will support creation of Great American Songbook museum
CARMEL - The Great American Songbook Foundation today announced a transformative gift in the form of one of Indiana's most stately and renowned private residences.

The 107-acre Asherwood estate in Carmel is the former home of philanthropist Bren Simon and her late husband Mel Simon, cofounder of Simon Property Group, the nation's largest shopping mall owner and real estate investment trust.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Fire damages Sheridan home
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Fire Department responded to a fire that damaged a single-family residence, 1106 S. Opel Ave., Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. and found house trailer to be damaged by fire.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Wrong way driver killed on I-465
CARMEL - The Indiana State Police have identified the individuals involved in the early morning crash on I-465 that killed one woman.

The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Milca B. Alvarado Polanco of Indianapolis. She was driving a white Nissan Sentra west-bound in the east-bound lanes when she hit a FedEx semi pulling double trailers head-on.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Jensen elected as Common Council President
Chris Jensen will replace Megan Wiles as the new president of the Noblesville Common Council following a vote during a reorganization meeting Tuesday. Brian Ayer was elected as vice president.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
A Main Street Retrospective
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Historical Society has scheduled a special program for the public on 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of the Sheridan Public Library.

Many people are already aware that the Society has recently purchased the old Hippodrome Theater Building across the street from the current museum and is busy converting it into the new museum.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Galt Joins Keller Williams in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS - Dave Galt, one of the country's top-producing real estate professionals, is leaving RE/MAX Ability Plus, to join the Keller Williams Realty team in the Indy Metro Northeast Market Center.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Street, highway departments set for next round of snow
As frigid temperatures continue to linger, local street departments, and the Hamilton County Highway Department, are gearing up to deal with another round of snow.

Sub-zero lows are expected to return Thursday through Saturday mornings along with dangerous wind chills below -20.

Temperatures may be near the freezing mark late Sunday but this "warmer" air also produces a messy mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Three county robotics teams to attend kickoff
Students from around Indiana - including three teams from Hamilton County - and the world will watch a live-feed from FIRST Robotics' headquarters in Manchester New Hampshire to find out the goal of this season's competition.

Sham ROCK Robotics from Westfield High School, the TechHOUNDS from Carmel High School, and Tiger Dynasty from Fishers High School are expected to be in attendance when this year's new game is introduced.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Goodrich announces candidacy for Indiana House District 29
Charles (Chuck) Goodrich is announcing his intention to run for Indiana State Representative in District 29. Current District 29 Representative Kathy Richardson has decided not to run for re-election.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Alzheimer's Association offers education programs, caregiver support groups
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter offers free education for families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Topics range from the basics of Alzheimer's and dementia and how to identify the 10 warning signs to legal and financial planning and how to communicate throughout the various stages of the disease.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Fishers seeks two on theft charges
FISHERS - The Fishers Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two men wanted for Theft.

On Dec. 8, 2017 during the early morning hours two white male suspects were seen on camera committing thefts from vehicles and stole a white Ford Fusion from the Fishers area.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
SWCD announces new '$50 to Celebrate 50 Years' campaign
The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on May 15, 2018.

A portion of the funding that supports SWCD programs and services comes from the tax deductible affiliate program and a new level of affiliate membership has been added to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Girl Scout Cookie program kicks off next century of female entrepreneurs
After last year's 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, troops in central Indiana are kicking off the next century of Girl Scout Cookie sales with the return of Girl Scout S'mores.

Girl Scout S'mores were the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Free children's coats still available in Hamilton County
Hamilton County Kids Coats distributed more than 2,000 coats in November to registered guests to ensure children and their families stay warm this winter.

If any family in need missed these giveaways, they can still receive a free coat through February at the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center, 1045 West 146th St., Carmel.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Duke Energy offers cold weather energy and money-saving tips
The New Year brought in a blast of cold weather, and Duke Energy is offering some tips for keeping energy costs under control while keeping you and your family warm.

Money-saving tips to combat the cold

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Westfield Schools closed
All Westfield-Washington Schools are closed today, due to the extremely cold weather.

In a message on its website, the corporation said some programs will still go on today.

The BAC programs at Oak Trace and Washington Woods, and TOTS and All Aboard programs at Monon Trail will be in session.

Parents of children enrolled in the programs are asked to prepare a non-perishable lunch and drink.

Due to the closing, school will be in session on the previously scheduled flex day Jan. 15.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
2017 - Noblesville - 2018
2017 was a busy year in Noblesville, as residents saw a surge of commercial development with projects like Federal Hills Commons, the Riverwalk, and a 5-way roundabout finishing up, and the closing of the Nickel Plate Railroad.

The Nickel Plate decision was a divisive controversy that split the community and spurred some residents to mobilize and form an independent "Save the Train" organization. Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear reflected on the achievements, challenges, major events in the city.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Retirement party Friday for Kristo
The community is invited to celebrate the retirement of George Kristo during his retirement party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the third floor Jury Assembly Room of the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center in Noblesville.

Kristo, for 22 years, has been executive director of Hamilton County Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs, which is dedicated to preventing and reducing underage drinking and illegal drug use in Hamilton County. Kristo headed up the annual Drug Free New Year's Eve Party through 2016.

Everyone is encouraged to share stories and experiences at Friday's retirement open house.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
AAA Automotive tips on how to combat frigid temperatures
INDIANAPOLIS - With the arrival of sub-zero temperatures throughout Indiana, AAA Hoosier Motor Club reminds motorists to prepare their automobiles accordingly.

Extreme temperatures can adversely affect automobiles in many ways. Tire pressure can drop significantly, batteries are likely to be weakened, engine belts can lose a certain amount of flexibility and hoses can be put under a lot of stress.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Indiana Humanities announces 2018 deadlines for three grant programs
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 2, 2018)-Indiana nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants in 2018 for projects that seek to engage the public in the humanities or provide historic preservation education. Through its annual grant programs-Humanities Initiative Grants and Historic Preservation Education Grants-Indiana Humanities funds a variety of programs across the state each year.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
HCAA granted ownership of gallery
The Noblesville City Council, the City of Noblesville, and the Noblesville Board of Works recently passed a Resolution that grants the Hamilton County Artists Association ownership of The Birdie Gallery.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Westfield couple deliver New Year's baby
CARMEL - A few hours after the ball dropped on Times Square, Indiana University Health North Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2018. Labor and delivery caregivers delivered this first bundle of joy-a baby boy-at 5 a.m. Jan. 1.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Riverview Health implements flu restrictions
A significant jump in the number of flu cases at Riverview Health has prompted the facility to implement temporary restrictions on visitors.

The number of cases jumped from 13 in the first week of December, to 60 this week, said Maddie Larson, infection prevention coordinator.

Monday, January 1, 2018
Wind Chill Advisory issued Hamilton County thru Tuesday
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Hamilton County from tonight through Tuesday, January 2. Actual temperatures will be in the single digits or below zero and wind chills are expected to bottom out at 15 to 25 degrees below zero.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
First Day hikes still a go on Jan. 1
It's "game on" for the First Day events being held on Jan. 1 at each of 32 Indiana State Park properties, despite the frigid weather.

But there will be a few adjustments.

Saturday, December 30, 2017
Handy checklist for extreme weather preparedness
With the potential for snow accumulation this weekend in Indiana, followed by continued extreme cold, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to be prepared.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Local schools could face funding cuts
Hamilton County schools may be facing a reduction in the amount of money the state spends per student, unless the state legislature acts in 2018.

Indiana schools face $9.3 million in cuts unless lawmakers appropriate more money.

Saturday, December 30, 2017
Crash victim identified
WESTFIELD - Luz Tavarez, a 44-year-old Walton woman, has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash Friday near Westfield.

Road conditions, caused by Friday's snowfall, may have contributed to the accident, according to a Hamilton County Sheriff's Department statement.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Bragg announces candidacy for State Representative
Garen T. Bragg, Noblesville, an insurance producer and officer in the Army National Guard, announced he will run for Indiana State Representative in District 29.

State Rep. Kathy Richardson is leaving the seat to run for County Clerk.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Fire damages Fishers home
FISHERS - A family of three was uninjured when a fire on the porch of their Fishers home caused extensive damage Friday afternoon.

Fishers firefighters battled the fire as well as cold temperatures.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Cicero Police nab burglar
CICERO - A 36 year old Cicero man was arrested by Cicero Police, following a brief standoff in a vacant house.

Wesley Collier is charged with one count of burglary and two counts of theft.

The charges stem from the burglary of a Cicero home.

During their investigation, police were led to a vacant residence, where they found an open door and heard someone inside.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Visitor spending continues to grow
Visitors to Hamilton County in 2016 spent $738.2 million in the region, with 90 percent staying in the county and the rest "leaking" to the region.

In total, it reflects more than $50 million in spending growth between 2015 and 2016, according to a Rockport Analytics study by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Vectren issues safety reminders
INDIANAPOLIS - As the frigid air pushes its way into Indiana, Vectren Energy Delivery wants to remind customers to be aware of heating safety throughout the winter months. Having a furnace tune-up by a professional; knowing how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and detect a gas leak; and being aware of the safety precautions associated with the use of space heaters are simple ways to keep your household safe throughout the year.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

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